Mark Renshaw extends contract with HTC-Columbia; Matti Breschel heads to Rabobank

Mark Renshaw re-ups with HTC-Columbia, while Matti Breschel leaves Saxo Bank to join Rabobank

2010 Tour of Denmark, Mark Renshaw and Matt Goss
Renshaw and Matt Goss went 1-2 in the fourth stage of the Tour of Denmark

Mark Renshaw is staying put at HTC-Columbia while Matti Breschel is heading to Rabobank.

Renshaw, 27, has emerged as one of the peloton’s most effective lead-out men since joining HTC-Columbia in 2009, where he’s worked effectively with star sprinter Mark Cavendish.

“Mark is a key rider in our sprint execution and was critical to our sprint success in the Tour de France this year and last,” said team manager Rolf Aldag in a team release. “He also has a lot of potential as a top sprinter himself, which he proved on Saturday when he won a stage in Denmark. We trust in his talent and we’re happy to have him as part of the solid foundation for our team.”

Renshaw comes off a successful Tour of Denmark where he won a stage, was instrumental in the wins of his two teammates Matt Goss and Hayden Roulston. He was extremely close to winning another himself in a late breakaway attempt.

“I’m happy to extend with the team. I know my role and I’m happy to commit to that and be part of a successful team. I’m for sure looking forward to more sprints with Cav and hopefully next year I’ll also get more chances to prove myself as one of Australia’s top sprinters ready for Copenhagen world championships. We rode on the course yesterday,” Renshaw said. “I’m really happy with my form. I think I can carry this form all the way to world championships in Australia later this year.”

Matti Breschel to Rabobank

2010 Dwars Door Vlaanderen, Matti Breschel
Breschel soloed to an impressive win at the 2010 Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Rabobank has picked up rising talent Breschel in a two-year deal that will bolster the team’s classics effort.

Breschel, 25, has ridden five years at Saxo Bank and grown in a consistent challenging in bunch sprints and one-day classics. He won a stage at the 2008 Vuelta a España before taking bronze in the elite men’s world championship road race that year.

With the likelihood that Fabian Cancellara will be staying with Bjarne Riis at Saxo Bank-Sungard, Breschel said it was time to look for new opportunities at Rabobank.

Breschel will share classics duties with the likes of Lars Boom and Sebastien Langeveld.